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Protecting personal posts, messages, and pictures on Facebook is a concern that many users have. While aware that the site is public, many users take full advantage of Facebook’s many privacy settings. The fear that Facebook changes may end up making private posts public, has resulted in a fake viral ‘privacy notice’ that users believe will keep their posts protected.
The notice that users have been copying and pasting into their statuses states that the user must post this disclaimer or Facebook will have access to any posting.
The viral post begins by stating, “In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos.” The post ends by saying that users must repost this notice to protect their privacy.
Just days after Facebook announced their attempts to alter the social network’s privacy and data policies this post went viral. Under the false understanding that Facebook’s changes will negatively affect users privacy, the post was developed to make users believe their privacy is at risk.
The notice Facebook released about its new privacy guidelines stated that their system of allowing users to vote through comments on policy changes will no longer be in affect.
No matter what viral post you see on your news feed, keep in mind that Facebook’s attempts to alter policy guidelines has not affected your user privacy rights.